Things To Do For Your Home (And For Yourself) While In Quarantine

The majority of us have been social distancing, isolating, and staying quarantined within our homes for about a week now, and if you’re anything like us you’re either a.) already going crazy or b.) have already found ways to keep yourself from doing so. That being said, with no definite end in sight and who knows how many more weeks stuck at home, we’ve come up with a few suggestions of ways to pass the time, for the benefit for your home and for yourself!

Clean everything. 

It goes without saying that now is a good time to clean just about everything in your home. Any surface, all the nooks and crannies, bathrooms, windows, sheets, clothes, anything. What better time to get a jump start on your spring cleaning? Make sure to disinfect while you’re at it, too 🙂

Organize & declutter. 

Find new homes for all of your stuff. *Please do NOT go out to the Container Store or any store for that matter, but find ways to put your things away with means that you already have. Or, make a plan for when it is safe to go back out and purchase things if you want a complete organization overhaul.

Create or make art. 

Pick up a sketch book, a paint brush, or anything you’re comfortable (or uncomfortable!) with. Maybe you’ll discover a hidden talent, maybe you’ll end up with a new piece of art to hang in your living room! At the very least, it’s something to try and usually helps to put your mind at ease.

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Caitlin getting in touch with her creative side!

Rearrange your furniture. 

Even if it doesn’t work, it was worth a shot. You can always put it back, we have the time.

Read. 

Seriously, just do it. Tap into your personal library or re-read an old favorite.

Stretch. 

Being cooped up in the house and working from your bed can definitely do some damage to your body! Be sure to keep your body moving to prevent future aches and pains. Check out Emily’s favorite stretching regimen!

Create a cute WFH setup. 

With the shift from working from offices to working from home, create a positive working environment. Find a good spot in the sun, light candles, get comfy, set up plants, anything you can do to make the transition any less miserable. Look at our friend @ameliabydesign_ ‘s cutest little home desk area!

Learn to cook, or brush up on your cooking skills. 

Practice your cooking or baking. Try a new recipe incorporating some of your stocked-up goods. It’ll kind of be like you’re starring in your own episode of Chopped but hey, you never know what you could come up with!

DIY something. 

Build a new shelf, re-purpose an old piece of furniture, paint something **only if you currently have the supplies to do so. Get creative!

Start planning your garden. 

Spring has officially sprung! Might as well start to plot out what you’re going to grow and where.

Exercise. 

While gyms are closed, find any means of moving if possible. Tons of gyms and fitness instructors are offering free live-streamed work out classes, yoga classes, whatever you’re into. Or, go for a walk outside and get some fresh air, if you are able to do so while still avoiding people as much as possible. *Follow the caption link for free livestream workouts and workout app trials!

Clean out your basement. 

Go through old things that you can get rid of or donate when it becomes safe to do so. It may be a daunting task for some, but might as well get a grasp on what you have that you can get rid of.

Dust.

*See “clean everything”. Take a duster to surfaces that may not be a part of your weekly cleaning routine–ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, etc.

Plan your future renovations. 

You’re spending more time than ever inside your home. Maybe you’re noticing that your bathroom needs a facelift or your kitchen needs a makeover. Start making plans for what can be done to make some changes, thinking about a budget, etc. and we’ll be here for you when you’re ready to move forward with that 🙂

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One of our favorite kitchen renovations at our #ShelterIslandHomeProject

Clean out your fridge. 

Those leftovers from 3 weeks ago that got pushed to the back left corner of the fridge? Throw them out and clean the dishes.

Try your hand at a new cocktail. 

Because let’s be real, we could all use one right about now anyways, right? See what you’ve got in the house and look up recipes accordingly. Cheers!

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Home bar setup at our #SouthEndReno project!

Stay positive & be kind.

This isn’t easy for anyone. All of humanity is facing a weird time and nobody is immune. The best thing we can do for each other is be kind, be patient, and be understanding. We’re all in this together–stay positive and we will get through all of this eventually!

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Huge thank you to all of the front line workers–the nurses, the doctors, the first responders, the scientists, the grocery store workers, and all others that are still working to make this all better every single day.

What are some other ways you’re spending your isolation? Let us know your thoughts and ideas!

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